Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said that he is back and able to take part in games again following three months out with a heel injury, the Guardian reports.
The Reds’ skipper suffered the injury at the beginning of the season and has seen a number of specialists, including medics at the Royal Ballet school, to have it checked out.
There appears no obvious cure to the thickness under the sole of the foot, and it’s one of those injuries which has caused Henderson plenty of pain as he vowed to play through it.
But now he is back, claiming that he is able to train and take part in games again.
“All I am focusing on is getting back on the training pitch and on the pitch at the weekend and contributing in games, which is where I want to be,” the Guardian quotes him as saying.
“It’s been difficult. With my metatarsal I knew exactly what kind of time scale I’d be out for. But with my heel there isn’t a time scale, there isn’t really a cure.
“Now I’m at a point where I can function – where I can train and start playing some part in games. Hopefully I can continue like that and it will continue to get better and better.
“The time out has made me realise what I have got and how much I have wanted to get back. I haven’t been nice to be around for the last three months.”
Liverpool haven’t really felt Henderson’s absence in recent weeks, what with Emre Can and Lucas Leiva performing so well in midfield and results much improved.
That said, his return will be another big boost for boss Jurgen Klopp and the German coach has already said that Henderson will retake the captain’s armband from stand-in skipper James Milner.
The England international is tailor-made for a Klopp team with his energy levels and harrying of opponents in the middle of the park one of the best in the Premier League.